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How Big Does a Drainage Field Need to Be?

How Big Does a Drainage Field Need to Be?

When it comes to the size of a septic drainage field, it is important to understand the amount of waste that will be produced by your residence. The more plumbing fixtures you have, the more wastewater will be produced. This can cause problems if you don't size your septic drain field properly. However, there are some measures you can take to prevent problems.

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Sizing an absorption field

Sizing an absorption field requires understanding the factors that impact the size of an absorption field. These include the soil morphology, the loading rate, and the number of bedrooms. Generally, a field should be in line with the saturated hydraulic conductivity of the soil. Depending on the requirements of the regulatory authority, the size of the field can vary.

If you plan to install an absorption field in a neighborhood with a high water table, you may need to increase the depth of the trenches. You also may want to consider installing interceptor drains. This will lower the water table and allow your system to run more efficiently. Another modification is to replace the top layer of sand with a layer of pea gravel. Pea gravel is a good option as it reduces ice formation and increases water infiltration.

The percolation test is a great way to estimate the size of your absorption field. However, this must be done by a licensed professional.

Avoiding tampering with the drainage field

The drain field is an important part of any septic system. However, many people don't know exactly what they are, or where it is located. This can lead to a variety of problems that can affect the health of your septic system. These may include environmental issues, plumbing problems, and even a loss of service. Keeping a close eye on your septic system can help extend its lifespan and prevent future damage.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps to follow when it comes to avoiding tampering with your drainage field. First, avoid putting any downspouts on your drain field. Second, don't drive on it. Third, don't use a rototiller in the area. Fourth, make sure that you wear gloves when working around the soil. Not only do they prevent you from inadvertently digging into the piping, they also help to protect you from harmful organisms.

Finally, avoid irrigating your drainage field. Overwatering can make the entire system work less efficiently. If you must irrigate your septic system, keep the water runoff away from the drain field. Also, don't put tall grasses or other plants near it. Instead, plant shallow rooted herbaceous plants like flowering annuals and weeds.

Keeping a septic drain field healthy

There are a number of practices that homeowners can implement to keep a septic drain field healthy. These simple measures can prevent the need for costly repairs.

One of the most important maintenance practices is to monitor what goes into the septic tank. This includes using water efficiently. Also, avoid adding bactericidal agents to the wastewater. Some of these include insecticides, detergents and fertilizers.

If you have pets or livestock, you should take steps to ensure that they don't clog your septic system. They can also damage the pipes and cause a septic drain field to malfunction.

You should never drive or park over a septic drain field. It's best to plant grass around the area. The grass will absorb the water and hold the area in place.

Don't plant trees or shrubs over the septic drain field. Trees and shrubs can get ensnared in the pipe and damage it. Plants with shallow roots can be used.

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